New Play-Reading Festival Submission

EXTENDED to Sept. 15th – Don’t Miss Out!
2017 Play Submission Information (Submissions OPEN June 22, 2017):This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced non-musical TYA scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2017/2018 season.The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families. We strive to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theatre. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.The initial play readings will take place in November 2017. After the reading of each play, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. The second set of readings will take place, again, in April 2018. After the play readings in April, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2017 – 2018 season!Please send script submissions for the New Play-Reading Festival by September 15th to the Executive Director of The Growing Stage, Stephen L. Fredericks: (If you receive an email bounce message, please email submission to or mail to: The Growing Stage, P.O. Box 36, Netcong, NJ 07857.“As a writer there is no better laboratory where real constructive dramaturgy can exist than a staged reading with a engaged audience. A play text needs life in the final stages to know where it needs to go. The Growing Stage’s New Play Reading Festival is an invaluable initiative to the development of new work.  My personal experience with the staff and artists at The Growing Stage during this process was always positive, constructive and I truly felt I was dealing with a people that believed in the work with genuine enthusiasm and wanted to see it succeed. As a writer, I could not have asked for better.”


“The New Play Reading Festival at The Growing Stage was a valuable tool and experience in my growth as a playwright.  Steve and Nikole encouraged me and supported me all the way through.  Although I did not get chosen, my play ALI’S BEES is better for the experience and will now be produced in Los Angeles, CA next year.”

Bruce Olav Solheim, Ph.D. – ALI’S BEES


“Working with The Growing Stage was such a gift. Engaging with talented artists and a passionate community audience during this Festival was invaluable. I loved the process! From my first phone meeting with my director, to attending the final reading in NJ, I felt challenged and nurtured as an artist.   I’m so pleased that The Growing Stage Theatre will be producing AND THEN CAME TANGO’s World Premiere.  I couldn’t imagine a better way to launch this new play.”


“In terms of feedback about the series: the “reactionaires” are so helpful. It was great to be able to sit down and sort through lots of thoughts, see where similar ones popped up, gauge a real audience response, and be able to go back to it anytime I wanted. And the opportunity to have the shows read twice is really terrific. It was so helpful to get a chance to do something with the feedback. So often, we just get feedback and never get follow up on whether our changes worked or improved anything. This process feels very writer-centric (and not all reading series do). It speaks highly of how much your company cares about the play itself. I’m so grateful. Thank you!!”

Cody Daigle-Orians – THE BOOK OF D

If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.